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October 2013 Archives

Inmate work injury instigated legal action for toxic exposure

Wisconsin inmates are often involved in work programs during their incarceration, usually in industrial factories or other trade type professions. These people are protected under the same safety and health regulations as other industrial workers, and, when an inmate suffers a work injury, they may receive related benefits. Recently, an inmate work injury instigated legal action for toxic exposure the man may have experienced while on the job.

Stiffer penalties for causing car accidents

A bill pending in Wisconsin is designed to increase penalties for motorists who harm those who are considered vulnerable highway users. Vulnerable highway users include pedestrians, cyclists, and emergency personnel or someone providing emergency assistance. If the bill is implemented, those who cause car accidents that involve bodily harm or death will face the same level of charges, but the penalties for a conviction will be higher. The senator who introduced the bill stated that lawmakers were looking for a middle ground between a felony and a mere $125 fine.

10-year-old killed by drunk driver in Albany

Many people make the decision to drink and drive and this can result in a car accident that takes the life of an innocent person. When people engage in this kind of behavior, there are no happy endings. The person who is the victim of a drunk driving accident faces months of therapy while the person behind the wheel must live with the consequences for the rest of their life. When a family loses a loved one to the actions of a drunk driver, there is a hole that can never be filled.

20-something? You have a 1 in 4 chance of needing SSDI by age 67

The Social Security Administration estimates that a quarter of Americans who are now 20 will become disabled by the time they reach 67, and many of them will need benefits from Social Security disability in order to make ends meet. If you develop an illness or injury that keeps you from substantial, gainful work for a year or more, you could qualify for benefits through Social Security disability.

Wisconsin filmmakers getting creative with car accident movie

Wisconsin filmmakers staged a medical hospital airlift at a park in Onalaska as part of a film project intended to show the dangers of drinking and driving. The movie was meant to be a different take on the problem than the usual mock car accident set up at high schools before possible underage alcohol use at homecoming or prom. The director of the cautionary film said that as effective as staged crashes are at getting the anti-drinking and driving message out, they take a lot of resources to do and also depend on the weather.

5-year-old killed by drunk driver in Wisconsin

The death of a child is any Wisconsin parent’s worst nightmare. Knowing that it could have been prevented can be even more difficult for the parents, especially if the child’s life was taken at the hands of someone who was acting irresponsibly. Unfortunately, this is the situation that often occurs when people choose to drink and drive. Because they are intoxicated, their ability to drive is impaired and everyone with whom they share the road is put in danger.

Police officer work accident prompted an additional lawsuit

Police officers are covered under compensation laws for work accidents, just like any other employee in Wisconsin. When an officer is badly injured in the line of duty from the negligence of a colleague, that person may feel anger and confusion. A recent police officer work accident prompted an additional lawsuit against a co-worker, who the victim felt was responsible for the situation.

Highway 27 closed after fatal collision

The Wisconsin State Patrol closed a section of Highway 27 between Westby and Cashton for several hours on Oct. 16 after a fatal head-on collision. The car accident took place at about 8:35 a.m. and claimed the life of a 26-year-old Cashton man.

Wisconsin women, age 85 and 92, killed in auto accident

Two elderly women, aged 85 and 92, were killed, police say, when the 92-year-old who was driving failed to yield the right of way at an intersection near the city of Stevens Point. According to authorities, the women were driving northbound and failed to yield to a vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 10, causing the car accident. The westbound vehicle was driven by a 26-year-old woman, who was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

UN: disabilities 'ignored and neglected' in disaster planning

In the first study of its kind, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, or ODRR, recently surveyed more than 5,000 people with disabilities in 126 countries around the world about their prospects for rescue in a major disaster that required evacuation. People with disabilities end up suffering or dying far more often in natural disasters such as floods, extreme weather, tornados, droughts and earthquakes -- the top five disaster risks found by researchers.

Construction safety makes a difference in work injury

Wisconsin is home to many construction workers and large companies that employ thousands of mechanical contractors. The construction industry can be an environment that harbors a high risk of work injury when proper precautions are not met and followed. Construction safety makes a difference in work injury cases and can be the deciding factor in a life or death situation. When a contractor experiences an accident on the job, they may be confused on how to begin the workers' compensation process.

Semi-truck and pickup collide in Wisconsin, injuring 2

Just as semi-truck drivers need to be aware of other vehicles on the road in Wisconsin, so too do automobile drivers need to be aware of the unique way a tractor trailer handles. Of course, because of its size, a semi is not able to stop as quickly as a regular-sized vehicle. This is even truer if the trailer is carrying a heavy load. Semi-truck drivers need to be aware of this and give themselves plenty of time to come to a complete stop at intersections and stop signs. At the same time, automobile drivers need to also realize that trucks need more time to stop, so cutting in front of them can be very dangerous.

Wisconsin parking garage wrongful death trial won't be delayed

Attempts to delay a trial which was set to determine who was at fault in a parking garage incident that killed a teenager and injured two others was rejected by a Wisconsin judge. The judge said it would be unfair to halt jury selection for the trial addressing the fatal accident in order to give the defendant more time to investigate whether a tow truck driver had struck the parking structure's wall two weeks before a 13-ton panel gave way.

Wisconsin accident results in injury

Two Sturgeon Bay residents collided in a motor vehicle accident at the Wisconsin 42 and 57 intersection in Nasewaupee at about 7:27 a.m. on Oct. 1, the first of two accidents at that intersection that morning. The car accident resulted in one woman sustaining injuries.

Motorcyclist pops a "wheelie," crashes into SUV in Wisconsin

It is not uncommon to hear motorcyclists in Lacrosse, Wisconsin complain about automobile drivers who drive carelessly and disregard the safety of bikers. However, the same may be said of bikers. There are those motorcyclists who do obey the law and are considerate of others, but there are also those that are reckless and act in such a way as to endanger their lives and the lives of others with whom they share the road.

Wisconsin given nearly $32.5 million to help kids grow out of SSI

Just before the federal government shutdown, more than $211 million in federal grants were announced for a demonstration project intended to give kids with disabilities who rely on Supplemental Security Income the help they need to reach their own education and career goals. The initiative, called “Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income,” or PROMISE is intended to prove what supports and services are most effective in helping child-SSI recipients grow up to live as fully and independently as possible.

Man charged with homicide after car wreck leaves one dead

A 43-year-old Wisconsin man was charged with homicide by operation of a vehicle while intoxicated following a car accident that left one individual dead. According to the report, the man hit two vehicles while he was driving the wrong way on a highway lane.

Workers' compensation is awarded to an on-call employee

Workers' compensation is generally a benefit provided for employees that experience an injury while at work. A person who encounters this kind of injury may have great confusion regarding where their benefits begin and end. Workers' compensation was awarded to an on-call employee in a recent court review of his driveway slip-and-fall injury experience.

Wisconsin woman killed in multi-vehicle collision

At certain hours of the morning and evening in Wisconsin, the sun’s glare can be blinding for automobile drivers. Sun visors can help, but when the sun is low in the sky, they become all but ineffective, especially for those who are driving directly into the sun. During these times, it is important for drivers to slow down to ensure that they have enough time to react if another vehicle or object crosses their path.

Wisconsin accident claims life of 19-year-old student

Police investigations are ongoing after a Wisconsin man was killed in a two car crash at the intersection of County X and Highway 61 in the Town of Clayton on Sept. 18. The fatal accident took place at about 8:45 p.m. according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

Government shutdown won't stop SSDI, SSI or Medicaid benefits

If you rely on Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, you may have been worried by the news that, for the first time in 17 years, the federal government has shut down for lack of funding. With Congress unable to agree on an annual budget for the upcoming fiscal year, most programs ran out of money on Oct. 1, and 800,000 federal workers have been sent home on furlough. Those remaining will provide only the most essential services.

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